Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday visited Franco Mulakkal,newly appointed Bishop of Diocese of Jalandhar,at the Trinity College Church in the city.
His visit assumes significance as Diocese has major influence among Christians in Punjab. Lakhs of Christians live in the state. Earlier,Mulakkal while favouring conferring of SC status to Dalit Christians,had said he would urge the chief minister to take up the case with the Centre.
Sukhbir,who came to Jalandhar after administering oath to panchs and sarpanchs in Nawanshahr and Hoshiarpur,participated in a Sarv Dharam prayer organised by the Diocese of Jalandhar. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh accompanied him.
According to sources,after the prayer,Sukhbir met the Bishop,whose coronation had taken place last Sunday.
In the recent past,SAD has been trying to strengthen its hold over the weaker sections of the society,which have traditionally voted for the Congress. Doaba region has the highest percentage of Dailt population in the country.
With the emergence of the BSP,Congress hold in the area has also waned,prompting all parties to increase their efforts at wooing the voters. Doaba has 23 Assembly and two Lok Sabha constituencies.